Bike Rack / August 5, 2018 / Dielle Tachel.
But dont make the same mistake I did and go get a bigger bike to fit on the bike rack. They make what is called a "bike beam" that goes from the handle bar stem to the seat post. The only downside to the bike beam is your bicycle will move more but it does what it is designed to do. Make your bike fit on your bike rack. Bell Sports is known for their cycling helmets but they also make bicycle racks. Bell bike rack carriers come in all types and capacities. They make 2 bike trunk racks to 4 bike rack carriers for hitch mounting. Like many of the other top brands cyclists have many options to choose from.
They are tested to be able to hold the stated weight and number of bikes. Saving money on a 4 bike rack or other capacity carrier will help increase the budget on the actual bike that you want but may not be able to afford. You could also use the money you save to upgrade parts of the bike to better or more lightweight ones that are made from carbon fiber. All this and without sacrificing quality and piece of mind that your bike is safe while being transported on your car. Like their other products Bell Sports has the cyclist in mind when they design their bike carriers for cars.
Because there are a wide range of prices out there and because there are many features available in all price ranges never start with price considerations first. Instead consider the following: Tip 1: What vehicle are you planning to use the rack on? You need to know exactly what type of vehicle and if at all possible exactly which vehicle you will mount the carrier on. You need to know all this so you can decide on how you want it to mount on the vehicle. Will it bolt to the frame? Will you be mounting it on brackets or braces attached to a bumper? Once you know the details you can choose the right rack for your specific vehicle.
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.